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ART SOCIAL: Feel My Words: The Power of Text in Visual Art

29 May 2024 - 29 May 2024

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Oriental Museum, Art Collection

Join poet, picture-maker and playwright Lizzie Lovejoy in a workshop to combine creative writing and visual art.

  • Creative
  • Lates
  • Performance
  • Student experience
  • Workshop
  • Everyone
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups
  • School students
  • Students in HE
  • Young People

Gentian Launch, Open Mic and Exhibition Launch

30 May 2024 - 31 May 2024

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Oriental Museum, Art Collection

Please join the Poetry Society for the launch Gentian, a poetry zine and display of poems responding to objects displayed in the Oriental Museum. With open mic, all welcome!

  • Creative
  • Exhibitions
  • Lates
  • Performance
  • Student experience
  • Everyone
  • Friends of the Oriental Museum
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups
  • School students
  • Students in HE
  • Young People

DU Poetry Society 'Living Objects'

31 May 2024 - 30 September 2024

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Oriental Museum, Art Collection

Living Objects shows a display of poems by DU Poetry Society

  • Exhibition
  • Exhibitions
  • Children and families
  • Everyone
  • Friends of the Oriental Museum
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups
  • Local and family historians
  • School students
  • Students in HE
  • Teachers / Home Educators
  • Young People

Mythical Beasts

31 May 2024 - 31 May 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Can you spot any mythical beasts or lion dogs in our galleries?

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Gentian Launch and Exhibition Evening

31 May 2024 - 31 May 2024

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Oriental Museum, Art Collection

Launch of DU Poetry Society's Gentian Zine, and display of poems at the Oriental Museum.

  • Exhibition
  • Lates
  • Performance
  • Student experience
  • Everyone
  • Friends of the Oriental Museum
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups
  • Local and family historians
  • School students
  • Students in HE
  • Young People

Perfect Perfume

01 June 2024 - 01 June 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Explore our beautiful Ancient Egyptian perfume jars, make up items and jewellery.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

ART SOCIAL: SOCIAL!

05 June 2024 - 05 June 2024

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Art Collection

Join us for quizzes and art games in the pub!

  • Creative
  • Lates
  • Public
  • Student experience
  • Everyone
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups
  • Local and family historians
  • Students in HE

Make a Rangoli

08 June 2024 - 08 June 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Find out about the Indian tradition of Rangoli art, and make your own.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Durham Art Collective

12 June 2024 - 12 June 2024

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

7 Owengate, Art Collection

A youth group for 12-18 year olds to learn practical art skills.

  • Creative
  • School students
  • Young People

Gel Plate Printmaking Workshop with Sarah Calavera

14 June 2024 - 14 June 2024

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

7 Owengate, Art Collection

Dive into The Dynamic Universe of Gel Printing!

  • Creative
  • Lates
  • Workshop
  • Everyone
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups
  • School students
  • Students in HE
  • Teachers / Home Educators
  • Young People

Wonderful Weather Dolls

15 June 2024 - 15 June 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Find out about teru teru bozu - the famous Japanese weather doll and have a go at making one.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Botanic Garden Fun Day

16 June 2024 - 16 June 2024

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Botanic Garden

Following the success of last year’s inaugural Botanic Garden Fun Day, this has now become an annual event and will take place on Sunday 16 June, from 10am-4pm. This family-friendly, Fun Day offers loads of free activities, all in the beautiful surroundings of the Garden.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Student Art Prize 2023/24 Awards Event!

17 June 2024 - 17 June 2024

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Palatine Centre, Art Collection

Join us at this special awards evening and view the Student Art Prize 2023/24 shortlisted exhibition.

  • Creative
  • Exhibition
  • Lates
  • Student experience
  • Talks, training, seminars & conferences
  • Alumni
  • Everyone
  • Students in HE

Autism-Friendly Family Activities

20 June 2024 - 20 June 2024

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Join us for some fun, autism-friendly crafts for families at the Oriental Museum when the galleries are quieter. Experiment with ways of folding, scrunching and sticking to make your own paper sculpture.

  • Accessible
  • Creative
  • Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Outreach & community
  • Public
  • Workshop
  • Family friendly
  • Children and families
  • Everyone

Play Time!

22 June 2024 - 22 June 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Explore our new exhibition all about play and toys, then try making your own game.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Twilight Talk - Twilight Talk: Under Durham: Searching for Stories in Objects

27 June 2024 - 27 June 2024

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, Museum of Archaeology

Join this year’s Museum of Archaeology's MA Museum and Artefact students as they explore some of the interesting objects from their exhibition Under Durham: The untold stories, and how they discovered and researched the stories behind them.

  • Lecture
  • Outreach & community
  • Public
  • Talks, training, seminars & conferences
  • Everyone

Portrait and Figure Drawing with Isabel Gotti 1. Portrait Drawing Crash Course

28 June 2024 - 28 June 2024

5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

7 Owengate, Art Collection

Want to sharpen your drawing skills or draw? Join our Arts Social with Durham University's Art Collection for a tutored drawing session.

  • Creative
  • Everyone
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups
  • Students in HE

Magnificent Manga

29 June 2024 - 29 June 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Explore the Oriental Museum's collection of Japanese Manga comics and create your own to take home.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Portrait and Figure Drawing with Isabel Gotti 2.Facial Features

05 July 2024 - 05 July 2024

5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

7 Owengate, Art Collection

Want to sharpen your drawing skills or draw? Join our Arts Social with Durham University's Art Collection for a tutored drawing session.

  • Creative
  • Everyone
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups
  • Students in HE

Tanabata Festival

06 July 2024 - 06 July 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Tanabata is the Japanese summer star festival. Find out about this special time of year and make tanabata decorations.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

What’s on across our venues

Our unique cultural attractions include Durham Castle, Botanic Garden, Historic Libraries at Palace Green, Oriental Museum, Museum of Archaeology and our World Heritage Site Visitor Centre. Whatever your interest, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

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